The Retreat

The Retreat

Hitler's First Defeat

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The gripping history of the ferocious turning point of World War Two, when Hitler's armies were halted on the Eastern Front

At the moment of crisis in late 1941 on the Eastern Front, with the forces of Hitler massing on the outskirts of Moscow, the miraculous occurred: Moscow was saved. Yet this feat of endurance was a prelude to a long and arduous retreat in which Soviet troops, inspired by deep beliefs in the sacred Motherland, pushed back German forces steeled by the vision of the Ubermensch-- the iron-willed fighter. Supported by tanks and ski battalions, Soviet troops engaged in this desperate struggle in the harshest Russian weather.

Michael Jones draws upon a wealth of new eyewitness testimonies from both sides of the conflict to vividly chronicle this pivotal chapter in the Second World War as he takes us from the German invasion of the Soviet Union on the morning of June 22 through the counteroffensive that carried into the spring of 1942. From the German soldier finding his comrades frozen into blocks of ice to the Russian lieutenant crying with rage at the senseless destruction of his unit, the author shows us the faces of war when the Wehrmacht was repelled and the titanic and cruel struggle of two world powers forged the fate of Europe.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312628192
Branch Call Number: 940.5421731 JON 2010 22
Characteristics: xxi, 327 p. : ill., maps


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KEVIN DOWD May 01, 2013

somewhat plodding. first source accounts. good detail.

Jan 16, 2011

Absolutely Fabulous! A small book covering just a few months on the Eastern front. What makes it so interesting is the author has including so many words from the letters and journals of the men and women who were actually there. Puts the reader right on the ground during these crticial and harrowing days. History written as it should be. Makes me what to read all of Jones' books.

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